$100 Travelocity Hotel Giftcard for $50 at Gilt City (Plus 1,500 United Miles)

Last week I wrote about a great deal where you can make a purchase at Gilt Groupe and get 1,500 United/Continental miles and 5 miles per dollar spent. If you were holding out to buy something you might actually use, then you might want to check out their current offer of a $100 Travelocity Hotel gift certificate…

How Much Is Airline Elite Status Worth?

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing…

1,500 United Miles and 5 Miles Per Dollar at Gilt Groupe

My love for deals is not limited to the travel world. I like expensive clothes, but I hardly ever pay full price for them thanks to sites like Gilt Groupe. And now I’m about to go on a spending spree, because they are offering 1,500 United/Continental miles for simply signing up and then making a purchase…

Sunday Reader Question: What Should I Do With My Continental Credit Card?

Update: The current offer for the  United Explorer card is 30,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months. TPG reader Eric writes: “What should I do with my Chase Continental Airlines OnePass Card? Cancel or hold on to it? The annual fee doesn’t come due for another 4 or 5 months, but I’m…

Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing…

My Ranking of Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

All airline miles were not created equal. And while some programs are clearly better than others, the only thing that matters is how much value you get from your frequent flyer program. For example, if your preferred airport is only serviced by American – you may value your AAdvantage miles much more than any others….

Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Book Complex Awards?

TPG reader Jim asks: “How do you guys always book those multi-segment awards for the low mileage amounts?  I use Expert Flyer and can find the segments I want, but If I try to book it, it seems like it will charge me for each segment individually and not as a single 25,000 domestic or 40,000-60,000 international….

Sunday Reader Question: How Can You Spend Your Way to Airline and Hotel Elite Status?

Savvy TPG reader thegasguru asks: “I’d like to see a post on how to “spend” your way to status in various programs. Can the very top tier status be obtained without ever stepping foot on the plane or in the hotel? If not, what’s the highest you can go via spend only” These days, its…

Sunday Reader Email Question: Should I Combine My Family’s Continental/United Accounts?

TPG reader Karen writes: “I have the Continental OnePass Mastercard but my husband does not. Will he lose his Continental points in 2012 or should I transfer them to my account to protect them?” First, airlines  generally charge hefty fees to transfer points between members, so I would not recommend doing that. Also, when Continental and United…

Friendly Reminder: 6 Deals are Expiring on Sept 30th, 2011

Maybe it’s because September 30 is the last day of the fiscal year, but a lot of great promotions, deals and transfer opportunities will be coming to an end on Friday, so now’s your last chance to take advantage of them. 1. Transfer Amex points to Continental Airlines. For information check out my recent post and video on…